As Lowton and Golborne celebrated the Coronation of King Charles II last weekend, there was at least one Lowton pub that has seen it all before!
The historic Traveller’s Rest pub on Newton Road is no stranger to toasting new kings and queens – as the current landlord and landlady know only too well.
They have shared this incredible photograph of the pub which is thought to date back to 1902, and the celebrations being held to mark the Coronation of the new king, King Edward VII.
The photograph shows union flags attached to the roof eaves, with staff and locals wearing commemorative medals and rosettes. The Coronation day had been set for 26 June 1902, but due to the king falling ill with appendicitis had to be postponed while he recovered from surgery, and was actually held on 9 August 1902.
The owner of the pub back then was Mary Openshaw, (who is thought to be one of the ladies pictured seated), but due to woman not having many rights in those times, the pub licence was in the name of Thomas Lomas (probably one of the barmen pictured at the back), whose name was above the door.
These days, landlord and landlady are Lauren Marsh and Kane Baker, who took over the running of the pub during the height of the pandemic, unphased about the incredible challenge it represented. The couple had already been working at the 200-year-old pub for eight years – in fact, it’s where they first met.
Lauren, who grew up in Ashton-in-Makerfield, always had a soft spot for the Travellers Rest, where her own parents were regulars way before she became landlady. Kane, who grew up in Earlestown and went to nearby St Aelreds school, is an accomplished chef who takes great care over the menu on offer at the pub today. We’re not sure the customers in 1902 would have enjoyed such delights!
If you’d like to see their incredible 120-year-old photo for yourself, make sure you take a look next time you call into the pub, where it hangs in pride of place.
Thank you very much to Lauren and Kane for allowing us to share this incredible story and their precious photograph. If you think you can identify one of your ancesters in the photograph, they would love to know! Tell us what you know in the comments below…